Small Stage in association with Tourism Vancouver
Love Vancouver Dance Bubbles

Reviewer Ross Michael Pink

When and Where June 20, 2021 at the Wall Center and June 23, 2021 at the Bentall Centre

Local dance company Small Stage teamed up with Tourism Vancouver to present a colorful display of outdoor modern dance performances.

Well known Vancouver dancer Chengxin Wei, formerly with Ballet BC and the founder/choreographer of Moving Dragon performed on June 20th at the Wall Center and June 23 at the Bentall Centre outdoor plaza.

Wei moves with grace and strength befitting a dancer who was classically trained in China but has also mastered the nuances of modern dance. The June 20 performance also featured a rising dance delight, Jeanette Kotowich, a Metis dancer who is expressive. Kotowich is the co-founder of Metis Dance Collective, ‘Acuhko Simowuk’ which translates to dancing with ancestors.

On June 23, Wei once again pleased the outdoor audience and those fortunate to be out for a stroll with a colorful performance under a canopy of pink bubbles and silk cloth. The musical interlude featured cool songstresskrystle Dos Santos who emotionally performed the tunes, ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ and ‘If I Ain’t Got You’.

Small Stage creative producer Julie-Anne Saroyan deserves credit for arranging the bright outdoor artistic performances that are inclusive, open and bring long overdue cheer to Vancouver audiences.

As artistic performances re-open in Vancouver and around Canada, impressive talents like Kotowich, Wei and Dos Santos are a must see for every cultural enthusiast.

© 2021 Ross Michael Pink